It’s Bloggiesta again! I don’t know what I’d do without this event. It’s a weekend to fix up things on your blog with other bloggers and I love it.
Here is my Bloggiesta to-do list:
Regenerate thumbnails to be proportionalDone. I couldn’t wait until Bloggiesta to do it :) Add featured images to posts in all my categories(most of these are done, but I want to go back and double check) Author Interview (5), Blog Tour (2), Book Review (138), Book Signing (15), Events (77), Flashback Friday (18), Giveaways (1), Google Diaries (22), In My Mailbox (48), My Fictional Stories (1), My Reading Diary (62), New Releases (50), News (53), Reading Challenge (42), Reading Queue (5), Series Theories (5), Top Ten Tuesday (13), Waiting on Wednesday (38)Done. I know why I’ve avoided this. It’s the biggest pain ever to find featured images the right size :/
- Customize my search page. I’m going to use this tutorial on how to customize what the results look like. UPDATE: I looked into that tutorial and it’s how to make an entire page with a search widget on it :/ Not what I wanted. So I contacted Studiopress (where I bought my theme) to see if they can help me fix it because really what did I pay them all that money for. Waiting to hear back.
Get a slider? Genesis has a responsive one that I want to try.I did like the Genesis one, but since I don’t used featured images in all my posts it would take more upkeep than it’s worth. I think my blog looks just fine without i :) Add google webmaster. I saw this post on Parajunkee and I want to set it up for my blog, too. INSTALLED already (I’m getting ahead of myself!) But I want to go back and check the data – it takes a day or so to generate. Set up a google plus page? I might do this just for my youtube channel that I occasionally make videos for. I don’t like Google Plus, but I read this post on it and at least want a nice looking page. I also want to make my youtube page look nice.Done! Here’s my Google Plus page and my YouTube page. They look better at least. I’m not totally happy with the cover image for either. But if you follow me let me know – I’ll follow you back on both. :) Does anyone use Google Plus? It confuses me. And why is the URL so long and ugly? Or do I have the wrong one?? I can’t tell if I’m looking at my page, my dashboard, or the public view :/ The whole thing is just not intuitive to me at all. Use index category slug for writing archive.Done! The new UBB plug-in comes with custom archives that update automagically and I want to make one for my writing archive. It should be pretty easy :) New blog background??I don’t like the black but I don’t know what to change it to. It’s dark but it also makes it so the focus is on the content. But I’m so tired of the black! I don’t know what to do :/ UPDATE: I found some lovely subtle patterns from Subtle Patterns thanks to a rec from Stormy. Thanks so much! It’s just what I was looking for. It’s still dark and has lots of contrast to my site but it’s not boring now. Love it!
- Write reviews. I have about 6 books that need reviews and some of them are going back to the library so I need to hurry :) The books to-be-reviewed are: Harry Potter 3, The Invisible Man, Transparent,
The Chaos of the Stars, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and The One and Only Ivan. Catch up with emailsDone! It is at zero and it will probably stay that way for 1.3 seconds :D Get my feedly to zero. DONE! It has 233 unread blog posts right now. I will tweet posts I like and then use the tag feature for posts I want to comment on. Then I just go to the tag when I’m read to comment and remove the tag when I’m done :) Nice and organized. I’m still getting used to the tag feature in feedly but I really like it. I also unsubscribed to the blogs I skim but never comment on (and I mean I haven’t commented on them in at least 6 months). I realized while I was doing this that my feedly kind of stresses me out when the number gets too high, so I reduced the blogs I follow. I might reduce it more as I keep reading it daily. I follow all the bloggers I unfollowed on twitter so I can still chat with them about books and see what they’ve been writing on their blog. And it feels like a weight has been lifted :) Twitter chat!Missed both. :( Maybe next year. (I know there’s one on Sunday but my computer stays off all day on Sundays.) Comment on other blogsDone! I don’t know how many comments I left, but it felt like a lot. I’m pooped.
LOL I love that half of these have questions marks because I don’t really know if I even want to bother doing them.
Plus there are mini-challenges that I want to do! I really want to participate in all of them – including the one that I’m hosting called Digital Decluttering. :)
How to Back Up Your Blog hosted by Brianna from The Book VixenDone. The instructions are for blogger, but I just exported my content into an xml file using the one click wordpress tool. I think that’s all you need to do to backup a wordpress blog. Digital Decluttering hosted by Jessica from Books: A True Story– I started out with 1056 files in my downloads. I still have 190 files left but I’m going to call this one finished! Favorite WordPress Plugins hosted by April from My Shelf Confessions– Done! I installed the post tweeter plugin that she mentioned. What is IFTTT and How Do I Use It? hosted by Brianna from The Book Vixen– Done! This is the coolest app that I’ve never heard of. It will automate almost anything between two accounts. I set it up to post a photo and post url every time a new post goes up on my blog. Photos are such a pain to upload to Facebook, but they do so much better than links do.